Apex Awards

Hastings Secondary College Year 11 student, Phoebe MacLachlan was the secondary school winner of the 2018 Hastings Area Apex Public Speaking Final on 22 September. 

Five campus students represented the College at the competition, and students spoke for 5 minutes on a subject of their interest.

Congratulations Phoebe, whose winning speech was on the topic of 'The Workings of the Brain.'

Phobe's topic challenged the audience. Her speech was thought-provoking and discussed the immune system, mind over matter and how the left and right parts of the brain operate separately and independently. She goes on to say that the brain has two separate entities that work together in betrayal and conflict of the body, the left, and the right side.

Holly Hunter Year 11 student spoke on the importance of Nursing. She was inspired by her mum who works as a nurse. 

She sees firsthand the kindness and positively that impacts the lives of those she cares for. Holly said while nursing is challenging, rewarding, and exhilarating it is at times exhausting. 

Year 8 student Kayle Enfield discussed the issue of Sweat Shops, Patrick Rudd's speech was on Equality and Year 8 student Caleb McGuire from Year 7 tackled sport as his topic. 

All contestants are to be congratulated on their strength of character in taking on this extra-curricula task - especially on a Saturday! 

Working Brain

Speaking in public is one of peoples greatest fears. Opportunities such as these events provide young adults with the confidence to communicate their ideas clearly and with conviction.

The skills developed are invaluable to their education and personal growth. Students learned skills in the area's of:

    • Teamwork: working together to create a coherent and robust argument.
    • Communication: writing and presenting a case that engages and persuades an audience.
    • Thinking for themselves, thinking on their feet: students learn that it is not enough to have an opinion; they need to support it and be able to defend it.
    • Leadership: students have the opportunity to mentor and coach younger debaters and to take on leadership responsibilities within their team.
    • Sportsmanship: learning to argue the case, not the person.

 Well done to all competitors.